CALL FOR CHAPTERS : Educational Inequality

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Call for Papers
January 24, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Educational Technology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Teaching and Learning

Educational Inequality


Rajendra Baikady PhD, Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa



Jaroslaw Przeperski PhD, Director, Centre for Family Research, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland



Liljana Rihter PhD, Assistant Professor, Dean, Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia



Dear colleagues, we invite you to take part in one of the largest editorial projects on Inequality - Mapping Global Inequality - Major Reference Work Book Series being published by Springer Nature, United States.

The Series encompasses 30+ volumes, but we will publish individual calls for contributions to each volume separately. In this call for contribution, we are particularly seeking authors for the volume on: Educational Inequality.

Gross inequalities in terms of resources and opportunities in educational attainment is experienced by many countries in recent decades. These inequalities tend to result in major differences in the educational success or efficiency of individuals, communities, and societies more severely in the global southern nations and also in the global northern nations. Further lack of opportunities, resources, and facilities to get adequate education leads to a reduction in the productive potential and competencies of people for the growth and prosperity of a country. Increased and uncontrolled educational disparities also lead to suppression and restriction of social and economic mobility.

This volume within the Mapping Global Inequality series will examine the unequal distribution of educational resources in different countries across the globe. The volume exclusively explores different aspects of education, development of educational programmes, and its reach to the public in different societies. Contributions in this volume will address unequal distribution of academic resources, including but not limited to school funding, qualified and experienced teachers, books, and technologies to socially excluded communities.

Contributions from across the social science discipline that address any type of inequality and challenges related to educational attainment are welcomed.

We aim to address the following questions in this volume (Educational Inequality):

  1. What are the definitions and indicators of educational inequality?
  2. How do we know there is gross inequality in educational resources and opportunities?
  3. What does available data say about educational inequalities in different countries?
  4. How are different societies across the globe tackling inequality with regards to educational opportunities?

This volume principally focuses on (1) Defining educational inequalities in different societies in different regions; (2) measuring educational inequality; (3) causes of educational inequality; (4) impact of educational inequality on different sections of society i.e., youth, girls, and children (5) gender inequality in education and (6) responses and measures to prevent or tackle inequality.

Our aim is to gather the best possible contributions in the respective areas and make this reference work truly global in nature. There will be a minimum of 40 chapters in this volume and each chapter will discuss different aspects of inequality in different socio-political and economic context. The editorial team aims to cover at least 30 different countries in each volume within the series so that this series will be a valuable resource for researchers, academics, and policy makers at both local and global levels. To advance this objective, the whole problem of inequality will be saturated in each issue from 2 perspectives: countries and topics. This will give us a sense of fulfilling the description of the indicated problem of inequality. Each volume will also include chapters on cross country comparison to provide an understanding of similarities and differences in many aspects of inequality across different regimes and regions. In addition to this, each volume will have an exclusive and extensive introductory chapter that provides an overview of the volume, its scope and comparative understanding of all the contributions covered in the volume(s).

Structure of the Volume:

Level of Your Contribution: Our aim is to provide an accessible and exciting handbook for specialists, academics, advanced students, and readers who are familiar with the field as well as those from other related disciplines.

We expect each chapter to contain approximately 8000-10,000 words (including the reference list). We are inviting chapters that are critical summaries/synopses (Tertiary literature) rather than original research reports.

We are accepting contributions on a rolling basis and writing and reviewing is scheduled to take place until approximately July 2023 with final proofing between then and the end of the year. The sooner you submit your chapter the sooner it will be published online and become citable. Contributions to all volumes in this series are peer-reviewed. 

Online-First Publication of Chapters: Once the production and proofing loop is complete, the chapter will be published online-first on Springer Nature's online publication webpage SpringerLink The article becomes DOI citable at this stage. You will be able to access it via your chapter page on METEOR. As a contributing author to this project, you can also access via METEOR all other online published Springer Nature References.

Please keep in mind: the faster you send in your manuscript, the sooner it will be published and become citable.

Print Publication: The print publication of the volume you contribute to will be finalized once the last chapter of the volume has been reviewed and gone through the production workflow.

Online Update of Chapters: One copy of the published version of your chapter is re-ingested to METEOR for further updates. The chapter opens up for updates again in METEOR and the status of your chapter changes to ‘Open for Submission’. At this time, you can upload fresh or updated files, if you wish. The updated and approved chapter will be published as a new version in the living reference version of this project.  Editors and authors can submit updates to articles at the pace of science advancement.   On behalf of the publishers, Palgrave/Springer Nature, we thank you for your contributions. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have.

Interested authors should send a 250-word abstract and author bio by 25th March, 2022, to Dr. Rajendra Baikady Please indicate the subject header as - Educational Inequality: Chapter proposal. The editorial team members will evaluate the submitted abstract on a rolling basis and notify the authors along with providing full chapter submission guidelines.

Qualifications: We recommend that academic authors have, be supervised by, or in pursuit of their PhD, whereas non-academic professionals should have at least 3 years of experience in the field.

Full chapter submission Schedule: 

June 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

April 25, 2023

June 25, 2023

Contact Info: 

Dr. Rajendra Baikady, University of Johannesburg,